The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC is an educational and moving museum where you can learn about the events leading up to and during the Holocaust. The museum is comprised of various exhibits that explore the history and impact of the Holocaust on the world. These exhibits delve into the history of the Holocaust through artifacts, footage, personal stories, and interactive experiences that provide a detailed picture of the atrocities that took place during the unraveling of World War II.
There are three floors at the museum that are in chronological order, beginning with the first floor looking at the shift of Germany into a totalitarian state, followed by the next floor examining the the realities of the concentration camp, and lastly on the third floor discussing the Jews’ liberation. One of the exhibits currently on display at the museum is Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration and Complicity in the Holocaust which explores how ordinary people within the Reich and throughout Europe proved to be vital to the execution to Nazi’s political agenda. It also examines how people were influenced by Hitler and the Nazis to partake in the racial politics that overtook Europe.
Another exhibit that you can visit is Cambodia 1975-1979, which takes a look at how communist Khmer Rouge forces gained control of Cambodia’s capital city’s government and the extreme steps that he took to enforce a “Democratic Kampuchea.” Other exhibits at the museum are: The Holocaust, A Dangerous Lie: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story, “I Want Justice!”, Genocide: The Threat Continues, The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Violence, and their permanent exhibit,The Holocaust.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., and it is located at in the National Mall south of Independence Avenue SW, between 14th and 15th Street, near our Washington DC Inn. If you would like to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum, you can currently purchase advance tickets for March, April, and May of 2017 on their website. Same-day tickets are available starting at 6 a.m. between March and August. Tickets to the museum are free and are required in order to view many of the exhibits.
Shannon Stiles, the Innkeeper at American Guest House